A fresh entry into a Judaism that has been forgotten by most, religious and secular alike.
Bold positions taken on issues such as prophecy, morality, polygamy, material abandonment, abortion and the war against terrorism.
Warning: Not for the timid.
This moving and compelling tour de force will not leave a single reader unaffected, as every individual who reads this book will embark on a personal journey of struggle and inner confrontation. The author acts as the readers’ personal guide, examining society’s most private basic assumptions, as well as life’s most fundamental values and doctrines. Several of the issues revealed, include:
Have our most natural and passionate understandings of masculinity and femininity been entirely swapped in today’s world for a life that is ‘politically correct’ and numb?
Is secular Jewry as unfettered and liberal as they claim and are the religious truly following Judaism and not Christianity?
How is it that Peace Now and the religious settlers are actually moving towards the same goal, despite the apparent polarity of opinions? And which side is making the wrong assumptions, thereby delaying the common objective?
What does science, if anything, have to do with Judaism, and why is it that almost all those that ask questions about the relationship between the two are missing the point?
Why is love and hate the perfect partners, and how is it possible to accomplish love through hate?
After exploring the root causes of the various personal and societal trends within the Jewish world today, Keren presents a fresh entry into a Judaism that has been forgotten by most, religious and secular alike. For those courageous enough to enter, the author offers a brave, passionate and embracing new Jewish world and the opportunity for a time to change.
This book pulls no punches and not many sacred cows emerge unscathed.
Warning: Not for the timid.
Chapter 1: A time to dance (freedom)
Chapter 2: A time to rend (intellectual idolatry)
Chapter 3: A time to pluck up that which has been planted (political Zionism)
Chapter 4: A time to break down (religious relativism)
Chapter 5: A time to speak (intellectual fear)
Chapter 6: A time to refrain from embracing (Torah and science)
Chapter 7: A time to seek (superstition and astrology)
Chapter 8: A time to embrace (the purpose of Jewish law)
Chapter 9: A time to cast away (Tora of Exile versus Tora of the Land of Israel)
Chapter 10: A time to sew (Rabbinic Judaism in the Land Of Israel)
Chapter 11: A time to build up (basic morality versus legal morality)
Chapter 12: A time to mourn (loss of prophecy and the Temples)
Chapter 13: A time to laugh (self esteem)
Chapter 14: A time to die (physical and sexual abuse of children and women)
Chapter 15: A time to lose (misconceptions of basic sexual issues)
Chapter 16: A time to heal (homosexuality)
Chapter 17: A time to keep silence (on the differences between the sexes)
Chapter 18: A time to weep (prostitution)
Chapter 19: A time to be born (abortion and polygamy)
Chapter 20: A time to throw stones (sexual modesty)
Chapter 21: A time to plant (Jewish mutualism)
Chapter 22: A time to keep (the Kosher dietary Laws)
Chapter 23: A time to gather stones together (anti-Semitism and Jewish particularity)
Chapter 24: A time to love (contraction as a paradigm for love)
Chapter 25: A time to kill (the Israel Defense Forces “purity of arms” policy)
Chapter 26: A time of war (the Seven Noachide laws)
Chapter 27: A time of peace (Jewish universalism)
Chapter 28: A time to hate (necessary hatred)
Critic Reviews: As for the book itself - it is definitely controversial, which in my opinion is one of the books greatest advantages. Keren's insights and opinions provide ample fodder for countless discussions and he makes you think about a range of topics that often are not brought up in general conversation simply because they are uncomfortable topics. This book should be of a great help in getting people to discuss these important topics.